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The eighth academic workshop within the series of events under the topic “Active Ageing Policy and Pension Reforms: Russian and International Experience”

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The Institute for Social Policy at the National Research University Higher School of Economics will held the eighth academic workshop devoted to the Reforming Pension System in Germanу. The event is organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Germany in Russia, the World Bank and German Friedrich Ebert Foundation Russia within the series of events under the topic “Active Ageing Policy and Pension Reforms: Russian and International Experience” on Thursday, October 24, at 10 a.m.


Germany is the birthplace of pension insurance with a high level of pension provision, and as such, it has been guiding for many years the Russian pension system based on the principles of social insurance. At the same time, Germany faces, just like other developed countries, including Russia, the challenge of an ageing population, forcing to seek ways to reform its pension system. The workshop will listen to two papers, one of which will be devoted to the important issue related to changes occurring in the pension system (raising the retirement age, expanding private pension coverage, etc.) and their impact on socio-economic inequalities. The second paper will be mostly focused on the pension formula, namely on the pension rights formation and the calculation of pensions within the framework of the point system (case of Germany) and the defined contribution system (existed in some format in Russia in 2002-2014) actively discussed while preparing the pension reform 2015 in Russia.



Prof. Dr. Simone SCHERGER, professor of social policy and life courses, SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, University of Bremen, Germany)

The German Pension System: Problems, Reforms and Challenges from an Inequality Perspective

Based on a discussion of the essential features of the German pension system and important related reforms in the last decades, the presentation will deal with central challenges and problems of social security in old age in Germany. The inequality-related implications of the reforms of the statutory pension insurance, the expansion of private pension provision and the increase in statutory pension age will thus take centre stage of the presentation. Furthermore, different perspectives on the question of how the costs of the imminent processes of (further) population ageing should be distributed (or could be reduced) will be examined.


Mitchell WIENER, Senior Social Protection Specialist, World Bank

NDC and Points Systems: Are they Really so Different? The Case of Russia and Germany

This presentation will discuss a range of indexed career average approaches to calculating pension benefits, including the use of NDC and points systems. It will compare and contrast the two approaches, show that NDC and points systems are often used to accomplished similar objectives, and that the benefit formula for one can be converted to the other under certain sets of circumstances. The discussion will include specific aspects of the former Russian NDC system, the current Russian points system and the points system in Germany. 




Oxana SINYAVSKAYA, Deputy Director, Institute for Social Policy, Higher School of Economics




Sergey CHIRKOV, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Pension Fund of the Russian Federation 


Grigory DEGTYAREV, Leading Research Fellow, Semashko National Research Institute of Public Health


Yuri VORONIN, Chief Financial Commissioner, Director of the Center for Legal Support of Social and Economic Reforms, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation


Venue: Higher School of Economics, Moscow, ul. Myasnitskaya 20, room 311

Date and time: October 24, 2019, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Working languages: Russian, English (simultaneous interpretation)

The online registration www.hse.ru/expresspolls/poll/311532259.html before 4 pm on Wednesday October 23, 2019is required.

Media representatives are kindly asked to contact the University press service at press@hse.ru for accreditation to the event.